Head of German: Mr Otto Acs
To communicate effectively and meaningfully with someone requires a profound understanding of their world view which is rooted in the language they speak.
The acquisition of language skills is therefore central to a student’s personal, cultural and social development, as well as providing an important intellectual challenge.
Students learn to be confident, accurate and articulate linguists. Our philosophy aims to foster curiosity and independence as well as valuing accuracy and precision. The German Curriculum is designed to develop the four core skills necessary to language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The department is passionate to also teach, through this process, students about the culture of Germany. It is hoped that pupils will become confident and effective users of German.
The more able linguists in Year 7 go on to study German as well as French in Years 8 and 9 before opting for either or both languages for GCSE.
In German, the `Stimmt` course is used at Key Stages 3 and 4, along with other resources.
The department is well- resourced. There are five modern and spacious classrooms for language teaching, situated in the Newton block. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. The department has a library of resources for use mainly by Sixth Form students. This includes a sizeable collection of foreign language DVDs, CDs and books.
The Department currently runs a joint French and German Year 8 trip to Alsace (staff contact Mrs T.Roberts) and an exchange trip to Bamberg in Year 10/11 (staff contact Mr. O. Acs). We also aim to take pupils to Business Language Champions events in the region whenever possible.